Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

I’m currently watching the Phillies/Red Sox game. I really can’t stand Beckett. It’s probably because I’ve always been surrounded by Yankees fans that I subconsciously dislike them. But, I really can’t stand Beckett. Maybe it’s because of his dorky necklaces or because he acts like a big baby when he plays poorly or maybe just because he’s a Red Sox. Or, it’s probably all of the above. Anyways, right now, the Phils are leading 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh. And, I kinda love Cliff Lee. So, onto the brew for the night.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hoppier, maltier and with more alcohol than a standard IPA, Hercules Double IPA definitely is not for the faint of heart. Hercules Double IPA is, however, an elixir fit for the gods. A brash but creamy wonder, Hercules pours a deep orange-coppery color, forming substantial lace in the glass. Hercules Double IPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from start to finish. A hefty backbone of nutty, toffee-like malt character balances Hercules’ aggressive, punchy hop profile.”

Random: I can’t wait until the weekend, and it’s only Tuesday. Not a good sign.

This brew poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated and left some mild lacing on my Flying Fish tulip glass. The body was a clear copper color with visible “stuff” floating in it and moderate carbonation to boot. The nose had definite pine and citrus notes with some sweetness to it. The taste was definite pine with some notes of citrus and the sweetness came out at the end. I also got a bit of bread on it. The brew was definitely oily and resin-y. The other thing that surprised me about this was that although there was a bit of alcohol warming at the end, it was nothing like 10% should taste like. The finish was loooong and bitter with lots of pine. Just how I like it. This was one of the better brews of this style that I’ve had. Yet again, I’m floored by Great Divide. Grab this when you can.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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